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Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Pittsburgh Courier


Over the last decade, has become a mainstay in our society.

Not only have celebrities such as Joan Rivers, comedienne Kathy Griffith

and Carnie Wilson become self-professed advocates, but

average men and women jumped on the cosmetic surgery bandwagon, as

aesthetic enhancements have become a regular fixture in our culture.

Programs about cosmetic surgery such as ABC's "Extreme Makeover" and MTV's

"I Want A Famous Face" have perpetuated the trend making that used to be a

dirty little secret, something that people now regularly boast about having


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading national

organization of board-certified plastic surgeons that specialize in

cosmetic surgery has announced their trend predictions for

2005. Below is a summation of those predictions.

* Hello restalyne, goodbye collagen: New, long lasting soft tissue fillers

for facial wrinkles and creases will challenge collagen for the number one

spot among injectable cosmetic treatments.

* Facial rejuvenation: Endoscopic (arthroscopic) facial rejuvenation

procedures will increase in popularity. Suture suspension techniques that

promise facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime will also be a popular

trend. There will be many patients who will still opt for traditional

facelifts or endoscopic procedures with more predictable and lasting


* Total body surgery: The number of total body lifts, including torso,

breasts and for some patients, face and neck will increase, as post

bariatric surgery patients seek to rid themselves of excess

skin left hanging after massive weight loss.

* Biggest buzz: A new generation of breast implant fillers and coatings,

advanced lasers that rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, new products

for scar management and keloid prevention.

* Lifestyle assessment referrals: After receiving , doctors

will refer their patients to other health and beauty professionals

including specialists in nutrition, weight management and cosmetic


* Emphasis on nostalgia & elegance: More cosmetic surgery patients will

express a preference for classical facial features embodied by celebrities

like Nicole Kidman and icons like Grace Kelly.

* Ethnic minorities: Cosmetic surgery for racial and ethnic minorities in

the United States will increase.

* Patient safety: National attention will result in more stringent

requirements for physician credentials to perform cosmetic surgery.

* Non-invasive fat removal: Experimental techniques that will offer a

non-invasive alternative to liposuction will be tested in clinical trials.

* "Reality" TV: The long term psychological effect of undergoing a dramatic

change in appearance from simultaneous multiple-procedures, as is common

for participants of reality shows, may surface in 2005.

Article copyright the New Pittsburgh Courier Publishing Company.